What is it about?

Exploration of a transcervical foley catheter induction in comparison to vaginal prostaglandins; which are the most widely used method of labour induction in the UK.

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Why is it important?

Rates of labour induction are increasing, with limited choice of method being offered to women. Prostaglandins increase the risk of further intervention, hyperstimualtion and poorer outcomes for neonates, yet are the most widely used method in the Uk.


As an NHS midwife I believe in normality and felt that induction of labour needed to be explored in order to offer women choice. Writing this article allowed me to explore alternatives to pharmacological methods. I hope this article will support the use of alternative methods of labour induction leading to improved outcomes for women holistically.

Maria Acheson
Nhs bedford hospital

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This page is a summary of: Using a transcervical Foley catheter to enhance normality for induction of labour, British Journal of Midwifery, July 2019, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/bjom.2019.27.7.443.
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